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    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to attempt an actual flight of?

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    The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to attempt an actual flight of a manned "lifting body" vehicle in the near future. In preliminary tests, the, the vehicle has been checked out while hanging beneath the wing of a B-52 bomber.

    The lifting body has no wings, but can be glided to a landing using the aerodynamic lift developed by its cone-shaped body. During the forthcoming flight tests, the device will be dropped from the wing of a B-52 bomber at 45 thousand feet. Milton Thompson, a test pilot, will then attempt to glide it to a landing.

    Thompson recently rode the lifting body aloft and tested various on board systems including its small rocket engines with the device securely slung beneath the wing of a B-52.

    NASA officials hope to develop a spacecraft shaped like the lifting body. It could then be glided to a landing at any jet airport on earth, making the elaborate recovery systems now in use obsolete.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1HWLK4B1ICAQCMY0T84CJWV8G
    Media URN:
    VLVA1HWLK4B1ICAQCMY0T84CJWV8G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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